Street on Campus Could Honor Historical Figure

When fans roll onto campus to watch the Crusaders in action at Crusader Stadium, they might encounter another change in addition to the new traffic light. A request has been filed with the City of Belton by the Belton African-American Churches United. It calls for West Ninth Avenue from Main Street to Loop 121 to be renamed MLK in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both First Baptist Belton and the university own property on West Ninth Avenue. “I’m just excited that everyone came together from the churches, college and community to make this thing happen,” said Rev. William Hill, a representative of the Belton African-American Churches United. He hopes new signs  on the street will be up by the middle of football season. Belton’s African-American Churches United organization first worked toward naming a street after the revolutionary leader in January of 2012. University President Dr. Randy O’Rear said in a press release that Ninth Avenue was the best option to be named after King because of its “high use and visibility.” The university has expressed its support for the idea, acknowledging that the university is proud to be involved in the honoring of a man who made such a great impact on the nation. “His message of peace and equality are in keeping with the Christian values on which UMHB is based, and the fact that King was a Baptist minister fits nicely with UMHB’s Baptist heritage,” said Dr. Paula Tanner, vice president for Communications and Special Projects at UMHB. Belton advocates have tried to change other street names in town to MLK; however, property owners on the respective streets voted down the proposals. For a street name change to take place, 70 percent of property owners who respond must vote their consent. A street-naming committee met to create a policy and then worked with the city council. Ballots have been distributed among property owners on West Ninth Avenue. While there is a deadline for the vote, Tanner said, “If the vote passes, the name change could be pretty swift after that, but there is no set number of days that this process will take.” If residents vote to change the name, the next step would be deciding whether MLK would be a street, avenue, way, drive or boulevard. Senior Christian studies major Dylan Topliff thinks the renaming would be a positive step. He said, “It’s going to be much easier for people that aren’t familiar with campus. They’ll have a name to look for rather than just a street...

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Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”
Sep10

Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”

Known for their folk inspired music, The Civil Wars’ new album, which is cleverly titled, The Civil Wars, is no different and does not disappoint. They haven’t strayed far from their roots of the song “Poison and Wine,” which debuted in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite that put the folk duo, John Paul White and Joy Williams, on the  charts. The cover of the album is a black and white image of a colossal smoke cloud. This reflects the edginess of the collection, since some of the songs are titled, “Dust to Dust,” “Devil’s Backbone” and “Disarm.” In addition to the two making their mark on folk music, they are also recognized for their talent of harmonizing really well and have been nominated for several awards. White and Williams performed at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala to honor Morgan Freeman and Elie Wiesel. They can go “Tell Mama” all about that. The song entitled “Sacred Heart” on this album was written and performed in French. The inspiration came from the extravagant view of the Eiffel Tower while the pair were in a flat hanging out during a visit to France. Translated, the basic meaning of the song is waiting for someone. “I’ll wait for you there. Will you come for me?” Their most popular song from this album, “The One That Got Away,” might be a little too close to home since rumors are spreading around that the duo are not on talking terms with each other. Hopefully, they won’t be saying this about each other soon. In an interview with VH1, Williams discussed the small feud with co-singer John Paul White. “It took a lot of energy, honestly. We both have very different work styles, but I’d like to think that creative tension actually ended up serving the album well in the end….We created something even more raw and aching and real than anything we’ve done to date.” The band wanted to represent that all of their listeners feel alone at one point or another, and did so with the song, “Dust to Dust.” This, yet again, is ironic as they might be feeling lonely since they stopped speaking to one another. “Oh, you’re acting your thin disguise, all your perfectly delivered lines, they don’t fool me, you’ve been lonely, too long.” Despite all of the melancholy surrounding the artists no longer creating relatable music, the album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Even though there might have been tension, they masked it well. If this is the last album we will hear from the two, at least we can say that it...

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Volleyball Win Count Spikes to 5-1
Sep10

Volleyball Win Count Spikes to 5-1

It only took the volleyball team three sets to send Rhodes College and Centenary College packing Sept 6-7. The women took care of business and took care of it early. They beat a talented Rhodes College team with the help of sophomore outside hitter Lauren Powell. She finished the game with 13 kills. The following game looked similar to the first, with Powell leading the attack and sophomore setter Shelby Prather repeating her 29 assist game. This was the second weekend in a row that the women dominated tournament play. The Cru went 3-1 against tough competition in the UMHB Classic. Kicking off the tournament Aug, 30-31 with a win against Huston-Tillotson, the energy carried over, going into a full count match, for a 3-2 victory over the number two-ranked Southwestern University in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Dominating on Saturday in a quick 3-0 matchup with number-three-ranked Trinity University in the SCAC, the Crusaders added a tally to their win column. “They’re D3. They’re ranked and we are not. So by beating them, it really puts us in a good position and just knowing we played really steady,” sophomore education major Shelby Prather said. Not only did head volleyball coach, Rob Frost, take part in keeping the momentum of the tournament positive, but head basketball coach Ken Deweese stepped in to share a few encouraging words. “That was a really good speech. It definitely made us play a lot harder. Coach Deweese just told us to play against our best self and keep competing,” freshman physical therapy major Sarah Toler said. The women split their games, losing to Wayland Baptist University 25-21, 25-8, 25-11. Toler commented on the accomplishments for the overall Mary Hardin-Baylor Classic. “I’m feeling good we beat the teams we needed to beat, especially the D3 schools. We took care of those games.” Frost continues to show leadership as he enters into his third season as a Crusader, staying confident in his team. “I’m very happy with how we played this weekend. There were a number of teams that only had one win, and we pulled out three,” he said .“We played very steady and played like upperclassmen—played a lot older than we are. Point for point, it was a great weekend for us.” Junior mathematics major Bianca Patterson led the team with 12 kills followed by sophomore visual communications major Lauren Powell with 10. Overall, it was a successful weekend, and the team continues that sucess in Tyler. The optimism stays high for the rest of the upcoming season, and Prather stays positive about potential the team has. She said the first tournament “went...

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Students Make A Difference By Volunteering At Local Camp
Sep10

Students Make A Difference By Volunteering At Local Camp

An area of 120 acres of land near Farm to Market Road 2484 in Killeen enchants the lives of special needs youth at the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children. Executive Director Leslie Gilmore believes that campers have the opportunity to enjoy activities they otherwise would not be able to participate in due to their limitations. These sports include archery, high and low ropes and horseback riding. Even immobilized children can enter the swimming pool with the assistance of camp staff and the wheelchair ramp. Peaceable Kingdom grants children with special needs a safe haven to forget their difference and just be kids. Campers attend diagnosis-specific camps where they are surrounded by other children with whom they can relate. In June, for example, children missing one or two limbs attended “Camp Out on a Limb” where they participated in activities they never dreamed of being able to do, like zip lining. Freshman English major Cici Ramos is a volunteer at the camp, and she finds encouragement because “there is a place like this for kids with disabilities that makes them feel good about themselves”. As part of a Welcome Week event two weeks ago, a group of UMHB students headed out to Peaceable Kingdom for the morning to serve at the retreat. Although camps were over for the season, Crusaders worked on behind-the-scenes projects such as laundry, inventory and cleaning cabins. Sophomore accounting and finance double major Fernando Guiterrez was on the team that cleaned cabins for the next group of campers. He said that UMHB helped him decide to participate. “Attending a small college in such a tight community encourages me to want to give back.” More than 5,000 children from across Central Texas are helped annually by Peaceable Kingdom through the summer, weekend and school programs. Children from Scott & White, Scottish Rite and Dell Children’s hospitals, as well as numerous special needs students from area schools, are brought to the retreat day-trips to participate in the Environmental Education Program. It has specific programming and curriculum, all tailored to special education needs. The organization originated in 1984. Dubbed “Baby Charlie’s First Fishing Camp,” the program was originally named in memory of the founder’s grandson, who died at the age of 1 after being born with a heart ailment. After the name change, the Variety Club of Texas became immensely involved. The Texas children’s charity group spearheaded a fundraising campaign for Peaceable Kingdom as well, which was vital for the retreat’s growth and ability to serve more children. In 2011, Peaceable Kingdom became a  flagship program under the Variety umbrella, Gilmore said. Gilmore acknowledges that she and her staff work diligently...

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Letter from the President: Welcome home, Crusaders
Aug27

Letter from the President: Welcome home, Crusaders

Welcome! Whether you are a new student experiencing college life for the first time, a returning upperclassman, or a graduate student back on campus after summer break, we are glad you are here. Over the summer, our faculty and staff have been praying for you, preparing for you, and anxiously awaiting your arrival. Now that you are here, we are excited to kick off the 2013-2014 school year! When you look around campus, you will notice many changes have taken place. The finishing touches are being added to Crusader Stadium, which will open with the inaugural game against Wesley College on September 21, and construction continues on the adjacent student union building set to open in January. Parking lots stand where buildings used to be, roads have been relocated, and sidewalks replaced. However, even though there are physical and structural changes taking place, the heart of Mary Hardin- Baylor remains the same through our mission of preparing students for leadership, service, and  faith-informed discernment in a global society, and vision of UMHB being the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest. As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the many activities available to you at UMHB. The fall semester is full of opportunities to dive deeper into the Crusader culture and experience all that campus life has to offer. Go to as many events as you are able, try new activities, enjoy your classes, and make our traditions your own. Mary Hardin-Baylor continues our commitment to grow, expand, and evolve in order to ensure that you will truly have an education for life and the experience of a lifetime. I am excited about our future here at UMHB, and excited that our future is you. Welcome home,...

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